Counting the Ways the Media Lies About the Economy
Pop quiz: What was the biggest news story this week? And I don’t mean, what was the biggest news story according to Obama’s media.
Obviously, it was the economy taking a nosedive into negative territory last quarter, along with the fact that hardly enough jobs were created last month to keep up with population growth. Oh, and the unemployment rate increased. Of course the economy is the biggest story; it affects the most people and Obama’s doing it wrong.
But not only is the media never-minding the economy, much of the media coverage related to economic bad news is forever being spun into good news. A few examples…
Politico saw the jobs numbers as something that “could soothe some of the renewed economic anxiety in Washington[.]”
The AP saw the jobs numbers as proof “[t]he U.S. job market is proving sturdier than expected” and “mostly encouraging.”
CBS News wants to assure all of us that the “[l]atest job numbers signal economic recovery.”
Yahoo News says, “Don’t Be Fooled by the GDP Report: The Economy Is Gaining Strength”
You can add all that to what we documented yesterday.
Granted, some in the media took the report a little more seriously, but they still joined the coordinated wagon-circling to ensure bad news for Obama in no way became The Narrative — for that might damage Obama politically, and he’s on a left-wing cultural rampage against those God and guns Bitter Clingers, donchaknow.
What you’re seeing from the media isn’t happy talk, and it’s not bias; it’s shamelessly dishonest propaganda — it’s the media nakedly saying, “The chocolate ration has been increased from 30 to 25 grams per week.”
How do you like these chocolate rations:
2.Gas prices have almost doubled.
3.The price of health care premiums has exploded and will only explode more (but-but-but Obama said…!)
4.Poor and middle class incomes are falling.
5.One-in-five Americans are on food stamps.
6.The non-partisan GAO says Obama’s exploding deficit is unsustainable.
7. Eight million people are looking for work.
8.Our labor force has shrunk to thirty-year levels (170k more dropped out last month).
9.Chronic unemployment hasn’t been this bad since World War II.
10.The long-term unemployment rate is over 14%, and if the labor force was merely the same size today as it was the day Obama took office, today’s unemployment rate would be closer to 11%.